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More than 30 lawyers exit as law firm splits

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Due to differing “strategic visions” and “philosophical beliefs,” a Mississippi law firm has undergone what at least one exiting partner describes as an amicable split.

More than 30 attorneys have left the firm that was until recently known as Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy for Delaware-based Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson, according to the Clarion Ledger and the Mississippi Business Journal.

Two dozen of those lawyers will continue practicing in the Jackson offices previously used by their now-former firm. The other eight in the group are working for Maron Marvel outside Mississippi.

“Our goal, from the very founding of our firm, has been to become the premier mass toxic tort firm in the country. This move helps get us there,” said founding partner James Maron in a Maron Marvel news release. “This is a significant milestone in the evolution of our firm, and we look forward to combining the skills of our two legal teams to continue to meet our clients’ objectives, together.”

His firm has gained offices in Louisiana and Texas, as well as Mississippi, by adding the Forman group.

Founding partner Richard Forman retired before the mass exit, and Alan Perry left earlier this year for the Jackson office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, the Mississippi Business Journal reports.

Tardy described the exit of the 32 lawyers for Maron Marvel as amicable.

“For more than 10 years, our group has worked closely with Jim Maron and his team and have gained a healthy respect for them as attorneys and an appreciation for their business plan,” he said in the news release. “Their vision and use of technology is aligned with ours, and we look forward to giving Maron Marvel a much larger presence in the Gulf and taking advantage of their multiple offices in the East.”

The remaining Forman lawyers have formed a new firm, which is now known as Forman Watkins & Krutz. It has 40 lawyers on its attorney roster.

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